News & AnalysisFukushima Meltdown

Commission Spreads Blame for ‘Manmade’ Disaster

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Science  13 Jul 2012:
Vol. 337, Issue 6091, pp. 143
DOI: 10.1126/science.337.6091.143

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A powerful commission set up by Japan's parliament last week blamed Tokyo Electric Power Co. and government regulators for what it called the "manmade" disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. As the conclusions of the hard-hitting report sank in, Japan's scientific community pondered its responsibility in failing to provide sound advice to the government and the public during the crisis.